Residents of Riverside were greeted Monday morning by the sound of grinding pavement outside their homes.

Work on Highway 22 extended farther west into Riverside beginning earlier this week. 

The entire length of the street through downtown has been reduced to one lane while work gets underway.

The work, funded by an $850,000 federal grant, will take approximately three weeks and span “from city limit to city limit,” said Becky LaRoche, city clerk.

It includes the addition of new storm drains, curbs, gutters and asphalt.

Council members at their meeting Monday night said they received numerous phone calls from residents who were displeased to find access to their driveways impeded with little warning. 

A traffic signal, like the one in place prior to Trekfest, will return on July 8 to control traffic along the single-lane highway. It will remain in place for three weeks.  

After the project is complete, Highway 22 will look like “a whole new street,” LaRoche said.

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